Re: “Take a closer look at data” (letter, 6-9).
Students of Lincoln Center (LC) thank the writer for his comments about our program. We work hard to earn grades that represent our success; we are confident our rigorous curriculum and extra time we put in raise our GPAs.
The goal of LC is to help students authentically enter college, when normally we wouldn’t have that opportunity.
The writer stated that “data can be easily manipulated.” We agree, but can defend our data.
Dedicated teachers contribute to our success. This isn’t hard evidence, but there is more to share. Tacoma’s graduation requirements don’t equal college entrance requirements. We use David Conley’s College Readiness Standards, assuring students meeting them are college prepared.
Our standards-based grades aren’t inflated. As freshmen, a computerized reading assessment measured 45 percent of students reading at grade level. Currently, 74 percent perform at grade level. This shows growth directly related to the rigorous curriculum we willingly engage.
Preliminary results of the HSPE exam show LC students performing above the district average in reading and writing.
We are worthy of “emulation.” We love to showcase the results of our hard work. We strive to match the standards of the proven programs we are modeled after. Before making a “rush to judgment,” visit us; help guide us on our path. We are convinced LC will help us excel.
(Sanders submitted this on behalf of her fellow sophomores at Lincoln Center.)